Freo rates on the rise

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

CITY of Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lors have passed the City’s 2018-2019 bud­get with a 2.9 per cent rate in­crease.

The City has ear­marked a 0.9 per cent in­crease for gen­eral rates and an ad­di­tional 2 per cent in­crease to fund the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Food Or­gan­ics Green Or­gan­ics (FOGO) bin sys­tem.

This is the sec­ond low­est rates in­crease since 2000.

The City is ex­pect­ing a bud­get sur­plus of $75,000.

A re­serve will also be set up to fund com­mu­nity care pro­grams.

Other fea­tures of the bud­get in­clude $743,000 for more CCTV, a $506,000 re­fur­bish­ment of Can­ton­ment Hill Naval Stall, $115,000 on new play equip­ment and $2.5 mil­lion for road im­prove­ment and main­te­nance pro­gram.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said the bud­get main­tained ser­vice de­liv­ery while keep­ing rate rises to a min­i­mum.

“The FOGO roll-out will put us on track to meet our One Planet tar­get of a 70 per cent com­mu­nity re­cy­cling rate by 2020 while also pro­tect­ing us from long-term in­creases in land­fill costs,” he said.

“The Fre­man­tle Park Sport and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre will be a bril­liant new fa­cil­ity that all Fre­man­tle res­i­dents can en­joy.”

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